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Holiday Tip from Lookout Point

December 19th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

PoinsettiasHere’s an easy trick for keeping poinsettias looking fresh and beautiful for the entire month, and beyond.  Ice.  That’s it.  Simply place 1/2 cup of ice on each poinsettia in place of water.  Do not even think about watering these beautiful plants!

I learned this trick years ago when serving the church, and we had hundreds of poinsettias.  Most of the plants die, or begin looking wilted, from too much water.  They don’t like wet feet.  The ice slowly melts, providing a more constant source of nourishment.

Almost daily guests ask how we keep the poinsettias looking so lovely, and we’ve had the flowers for 3 weeks already.  Sometimes I think if I know something, then the entire world probably knows it.  Yet I’m learning this tip may not be so widely known.

I would love to hear your helpful hints for the holidays!  What makes your life a wee bit easier this month?

Kristie

Hot Springs, Arkansas Named Top U.S. Travel Destination!

December 10th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs, Arkansas Bath House RowOur delightful and beloved town, Hot Springs, Arkansas was named one of the TOP FIVE travel destinations in the United States in 2010 by Trip Advisor!  According to Trip Advisor, the top consumer generated travel review site in the world, Hot Springs ranked #3 in their top travel destination for 2010, just behind Seward, Alaska and Hyannis, Massachusetts.   Completing the list of the Top Five travel destinations are Chinle, Arizona and Waimea, Hawaii.

Although we’re obviously partial, we think Hot Springs is one of the most beautiful and friendly places on the earth.  At the inn, waking up to the calming lake views and the low lying Ouachitas Mountains, hearing the birds sing, and smelling the freshly ground coffee brewing starts the day perfectly.  Yes, we’re partial. And we are so grateful to live in this fantastic town!  It’s a pleasure to see Trip Advisor recognize this jewel of a city.

Kristie & Ray Rosset

New Idea for Sharing Gratitude from Lookout Point

November 25th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

I love Thanksgiving!  It’s the one holiday with no pressure, except for great food.  No gifts to buy, no new clothes needed.  The holiday began more than two hundred years ago by a declaration of Congress, for the purpose of giving thanks.

Each year at the Thanksgiving table, I invite/cajole/beg family members into sharing their thanks.  Our daughters have complained about this for years.  As in, “oh no, here she goes again.”   This year we started what I hope is a new tradition, one that I read about in a magazine on a recent flight (but I don’t remember the zine, perhaps Real Simple?).

At each place setting, a notecard, envelope and ink pen werewritten gratitude awaiting.  Following the blessing, every family member was invited to write down their gratitude, seal the envelope, and write their name on it.  Next Thanksgiving, the cards will be returned and hopefully will provide a wonderful memory.  Guess what?  No complaints were heard, and even enthusiasm for this exercise was expressed.  Wow!  Now, if I can remember where I put those cards next year…….

I am abundantly grateful for the privilege of serving our guests at Lookout Point, and doing so with my beloved, Ray.

Kristie Rosset

Mud flies at Hot Springs Jeep Jamboree

October 25th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

20th annual Ouachita Jeep Jamboree

20th annual Ouachita Jeep Jamboree

Guests Shelle & Alberto traveled from Dallas to participate in the challenging Jeep Jamboree held outside of Hot Springs.  With rocky vertical challenges, mud pits, water crossings, and various competitions, the Jamboree brought participants from around the U.S.    At times, Shelle and Alberto found the rock challenges not only thrilling, but nail biting.  With a jeep covered in mud, they had a great time!  Thanks for staying at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn!  We’re guessing the whirlpool tub at the end of the day soothed a few sore muscles.

The inn is only 4 1/2 hours from Dallas, so the guests were able to depart for Dallas and make it home in time to attend the Dallas Cowboys game.  Sweet.

Inn Supports Beauty & the Brush at Garvan Gardens Sept 13-15

September 4th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

Come to Hot Springs to experience art in action, September 13-15!  See the creative process in action as top landscape and floral plein-air artists capture the beauty of Garvan Woodland Gardens.  Then enjoy the fruits of the artists’ talents on Thursday, september 17 for a special showing of work created during the painting event.

Garvan Gardens painter

Garvan Gardens painter

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn is proud to support Beauty and the Brush by hosting the talented artist Jacquelyn Kaucher.  Her bold and large paintings, using watercolors and acrylic, are a glorious feast for the eyes.  We look forward to meeting Jacquelyn, and seeing her art!

If you can visit Hot Springs during Beauty and the Brush, Sept 13-15, we’d love to welcome you to Lookout Point.  Ask for the September Special, and you’ll receive a complimentary dinner for two at the inn.

Lookout Point Inn's September Special Offer

August 31st, 2009 by Ray Rosset

Relax with dinner at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

Relax with dinner at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

Fall is just weeks away, and it’s one of my very favorite seasons!  There’s a hint of coolness in the air at night, the humidity is down, and relaxing outside in the gardens of Lookout Point delights the senses. 

If you can getaway throughout September, we’re offering to provide your dinner for one night:  complimentary!  Many guests tell us that they don’t want to leave the inn, even to go eat.  To accommodate this request, we started serving simple and healthy fare from 11am-9pm.  A bowl of soup, organic green salad, or sandwich (chicken salad on croissant or grilled ham & cheese or grilled turkey & cheese) provide a lovely “dining in” experience.  You can sit by the waterfalls, and relax.

Stay two weeknights (Sun -Thur) in September, and you’ll receive a complimentary dinner for two (choice of two selections each).  The September Special is not available with any other promotions, and must be mentioned at the time of reservation.

Motorcycle Rally, Hot Springs, Arkansas Sept 10-13

August 15th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

Motorcycle Rally, Hot Springs
Motorcycle Rally, Hot Springs

Riders in Hot SpringsEach year, Hot Springs welcomes motorcyclists from around the region, celebrating the love of the road and the wind in the hair.  The Hot Springs area provides gorgeous scenic drives, with twists, turns, hills, and beauty. 

The 2009 rally starts Thursday, September 10, and concert highlights include Foghat and Blue Oyster Cult. 
Lookout Point Lakeside Inn loves to welcome motorcycle guests for the rally.  This year, covered parking is available for all bikes under the carport. 
In 2008, Hurricane Ike interrupted the rally—so this year’s rally offers T-shirts declaring “I survived Hurricane Ike”.  At the inn, power was out during the night, yet breakfast was ready and served to our surprised guests without a hitch.  (Of course, behind the scenes we were scrambling to improvise without electricity!)
We’d love to welcome the Motorcycle Rally participants to Lookout Point!  You can share in the fun and many activities of the rally in downtown Hot Springs, yet come away to the peace, luxury, and quiet offered at Lookout Point.  Plus your aching muscles might celebrate a soak in the jetted tubs. 
Sign up for the Hot Springs Rally, and come stay at Lookout Point for a fun weekend of riding.  Call 866-525-6155 to make a reservation, or book online  .
Kristie

More Fishing at Lookout Point in Hot Springs!

July 26th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

Coffee in hand, two fishing rods, bucket of fresh worms, and a small pond filled with fish—what more could a fisherman want early in the morning?  Fishing at Lookout Pointprize catchRaymond caught at least a dozen bream (or blue gill, as I’ve been informed).    He was heading home to provide a fish cookout for friends this evening.  Thank you for thinning out the lake fish from our pond!  12 down, over 100 to go. 

Our gardener, Pat, tells us that he’s actually seen a bass, at least 16 inches long, in the pond.  Who knew???

So, you’re welcome to bring your rod and reel, and fish the lazy way at Lookout Point.  Catch & release (into Lake Hamilton) OR take ‘em home.   When Ray & I created a luxury inn with lots of amenities, we did  not know just how many amenities Lookout Point Lakeside Inn would actually include!  Ha…

Kristie

Jet Ski Wedding departure on Lake Hamilton

June 25th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

edwards 006A unique departure from a beautiful wedding at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn!  Stacey & Marshall brought their jet ski, and his sister created a lovely “Just Married” sign for the back of the jet ski.   Their wedding clothes remained dry! 

Congratulations and best wishes to Marshall and Stacey on your marriage!

Lakeside Inn Welcomes Duck family in Hot Springs

June 2nd, 2009 by Ray Rosset

Each day for the past few weeks, Mama Duck and her ducklings arrive at the inn for breakfast and dinner, feeding under the bird feeders.   Often during breakfast service, our guests enjoy the show as the Mama leads her brood up the property to the bird feeders.  After a fine feast, the little family moves on to the pond and waterfalls where they swim, drink, and sometimes nap on the rocks.  We’ve enjoyed watching this family grow from such tiny ducklings! 

Welcome to Lookout Point Lakeside Inn!
Welcome to Lookout Point Lakeside Inn!

Although the mama is camera shy, the ducklings have been photographed by many guests.   Our “resident” ducks, Lucy, Ricky and Fred (who claim Lookout Point Lakeside Inn as their home every spring-fall) have not produced any offspring this year to date.  However during a recent outdoor wedding in the gardens, the trio came to the wedding and decided to attempt the mating process about 15 feet away from the bride & groom.  The 3rd duck, sqwuacked so loudly that we needed to pause the wedding and simply laugh.    One guest proclaimed the duck scene to be “a good omen for your marriage”. 

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